This coming Freethinkers’ Night is going to be yet another movie night! Every now and then we’ll be holding a FREE screening of an interesting, thought provoking movie pertaining to freethought, and thereafter have a discussion about the issues covered in the film.
The movie we will be screening on Thursday is an award-winning documentary called Religulous, starring American stand-up comedian, television host, political commentator, author and actor, Bill Maher.
So what’s the documentary about?
The film generally takes a humorous, satirical look at religion.
Bill Maher incurs the wrath of multiple religious zealots of myriad faiths in Religulous, a snarky but unexpectedly powerful documentary.
Maher bluntly disputes the value of religion in a world made increasingly dangerous, on the one hand, by fanaticism of all kinds and the human race’s environmental self-destructiveness on the other. No one is immune from Maher’s dogged questions about the illogic and negative fallout of doctrines that advocate violence or shun scientific evidence or marginalize minorities or punish anyone who disagrees with any religion’s extreme tenets. Maher takes his inquiries to the Vatican; to small, evangelical Christian churches; to Jerusalem; to Amsterdam (where elements of an increasingly vocal Muslim community have shown violence toward critics); to a large, African-American church in a big city; and to several bizarre theme parks celebrating creationism and the life of Jesus.
Wherever he goes, Maher seeks to demonstrate that many of the world’s major religions are rife with hypocrisy, completely self-referential, and destructive to the collective good. The fast-moving, globe-trotting film is full of highlights, including a great scene where Maher, in disguise, argues for the core beliefs of Scientology to a bemused crowd at Speaker’s Corner in London’s Hyde Park. There’s also a wonderful moment where Maher, just having been thrown out of the Vatican, gets a terrific interview with a maverick priest.
Raised Catholic but in reality half-Jewish, Maher also spends time with his mother and sister trying to reconcile the role of religion in his childhood.
Everything is really leading toward Maher’s major point that atheists and agnostics are in a sizable minority but are afraid to speak out in these days of zealotry. If that minority stays in the background, Maher says, we may very well be heading toward catastrophe.
Bill Maher on Larry King talking about his new movie Religulous:
A scene from the documentary:
The May Freethinkers’ Night is going to take place on Thursday, 26th May 2011 at 4 Points Bar & Restaurant, Centenary Park, Kampala, starting 6PM. We will start showing the documentary at exactly 6.30pm, so please keep time! There is NO entrance fee – it is FREE.
If you are an open minded person whose opinions are formed not by religious or cultural dogma but on the basis of science, logic, and reason and are interested in meeting like-minded individuals – you are welcome to join us at the meeting.
If you happen to be religious, meanwhile, you too are welcome to interact with those of us who are not, and engage in debate about these contentious issues after the movie.
See you there!